The word essay comes from the French verb “esser,” which means to try. At AllSwell, we’re big fans of this little word. Provide yourself with the permission to give it a go without judging the outcome. We’re not asking you to be published in The Atlantic or hang your work on the walls of The Gagosian. So let’s take that off the table for now. Hey, if you get there we’ll be your biggest fans, swear. We simply want you to remember that you have an innate creative voice and to hear what it has to say.
AllSwell Writing Workshops
AllSwell Writing Workshops are designed to do just that. You’ll be led through accessible writing-based activities by AllSwell founder Laura Rubin. We all need inspiration. To that end, Laura curates a selection of literature from the greats, such as Twain, Melville and Whitman, to serve as touch points throughout the process.
You don’t need to have any background whatsoever in writing or literature to enjoy these experiences. The mere act of putting pen to paper is illuminating. There’s no wrong way to do this. As Papa (a.k.a. Hemingway) said: write drunk, edit sober. We’re not suggesting you go get lit up. The point is, don’t judge the process. Give your yourself permission to start somewhere. The activity itself has value. The therapeutic benefit of doing it is why it should be done.
We develop the content around themes that suit the setting, partner or sponsor, whether that’s overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu or in the desert amidst Joshua Tree National Forest.
What folks have to say about the experience...
"As a photographer, I’m first and foremost a visual person but without a form to express what my work is about so much can get lost in translation. The AllSwell workshop reminded me that sitting with pen and paper is a beautiful way to remind myself the meaning of my own thoughts. Laura made the process feel both challenging and fun. I walked away from the experience feeling inspired.”
— Ryan Struck, Photographer
"One of the most enjoyable gatherings in recent memory. I love the way you lead, the questions, dialogue... the passages! Watching that discovery of such an obvious act that we've lost to our frantic lives is like finding sunken treasure. Thank you for having me along."
— Beth O'Rourke, Filmmaker
“A single AllSwell workshop helped me see new opportunities in my business and where I was ignoring several quadrants of my life. The time and money invested had a 10x return in both profit and happiness.”
— Adam Rosante, Fitness Expert & Performance Coach
The Golden State
Mar Vista Art Department
Mar Vista, CA
Please email us if you’re interested in attending or creating a workshop with us.